Best Hotels within Easy Reach of Rio de Janeiro Airports

Rio de Janeiro hotels tend to be expensive, and the high prices are not always matched by high quality. This is especially true of hotels close to the international airport - known as Galeao -  where the out-of-town location means that options are few and prices are high.

Slick 2014 arrival Linx Hotel International Airport raised the bar with its infinity pool and stellar service, but elsewhere the options are little to get excited about. 

The domestic airport, Tom Jobim, fares  better - it's close to the business district with its solid accommodation options, with major hotel chains such as Ibis and Novotel offering decent lodgings at prices that are fair by Rio standards. These downtown hotels are also close to some major sights, and the lively nightlife of Lapa, and partiers looking for a place to lay their head will find a lively scene at the budget-friendly Lapa Hostel

Those looking for something with a little more charm will find lovely guest houses and boutique hotels close by in Santa Teresa, a historic neighborhood that is around 15 minutes´cab ride from the domestic airport and 30-40 minutes´cab ride from the international airport. Here, we highly recommend Hotel Santa Teresa and Mama Ruisa.



Rio de Janeiro may be synonymous with beaches, but savvy visitors to the city are increasingly venturing inland and up into the hills of Santa Teresa. This luxury hotel, complete with palm-fringed pool and acclaimed French restaurant, cemented...  Read More



Affordably-priced by Rio standards, this recently-renovated hotel is located in the middle-class residential neighborhood of Flamengo. Close to Flamengo beach and Sugar Loaf mountain, the hotel is within easy reach of all Rio´s attractions. The...  Read More



This smart downtown business hotel offers accommodations that are affordable by local standards. While rooms are small,they are modern and well-appointed. The hotel has a rooftop pool, fitness centre and offers a good buffet breakfast, and is...  Read More

Mama Ruisa
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French chic meets Brazilian cool at this super-stylish hillside hideaway in Santa Teresa. The vast colonial mansion sits in verdant gardens complete with large swimming pool, and the French owners have upped the wow factor still further with...  Read More



One of two hotels at Rio de Janeiro´s international airport, Hotel Pousada Galeao scores points for its practical location if not for its decor or pricing. As the international airport is located some distance from Rio´s beaches and tourist...  Read More

Lapa Hostel
Photo courtesy of Daniel J.Hoffman


If you want to be right at the heart of Rio de Janeiro's nightlife action, Lapa is the place to be. Even if you decide to make your base at the beach in Ipanema or Copacabana, booking a bed at Lapa Hostel can work out cheaper than taking a cab...  Read More



Rio de Janeiro lodgings are a hit and miss affair, so it can be a comfort for visitors to the city to know what to expect from their hotel. Novotel Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont offers the same basic but comfortable accommodations as it offers in...  Read More



Located close to Rio´s domestic airport and facing Sugar Loaf mountain, this historic hotel is one of the oldest in the city, which is a plus point for some guests and a negative point for others. The antique, manually-operated elevator is an...  Read More



Regular Ibis guests will know the drill here. Rooms at the Ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont hotel follow the usual setup - small, basic, but clean rooms; breakfast not included, no frills but a comfortable stay for a reasonable price. In a...  Read More



A decent hotel by any standards, Linx Hotel International Airport Galeao has raised the bar for airport accommodation in Rio, which has long been lacklustre. The style is minimalist-chic, but the infinity pool gives a touch of glamor to the...  Read More


Meet Lucy Bryson

Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.